Send Olympia to the 2015 National Poetry Slam!!!
Organized by: Old Growth Poetry Collective
We are a group of slam poets living in Olympia Washington, and we are going to represent Olympia at the national poetry slam this summer. We are all active members of a poetry community called Olympia People’s Mic, where we host weekly Open Mics and monthly Poetry Slams for local artists to perform in. For the past 6 months through a process of competitions a group of poets qualified for Olympia’s first ever Grand Slam. The Grand Slam was an event to decide which performers would qualify to form Olympia’s first nationals team. It was an amazing night full of poetry, with a breathtaking feature by the phenomenal activist and poet, Tara Hardy.
Brian McCracken, Kina Wolfenstein, Scarlett Pedersen, Kelly Miller and Daniel Georgeson ended up being the qualifying poets, and are now working hard as a team to bring our top game to Nationals this summer, and make Olympia proud.
The National Poetry Slam is an annual event in which qualifying teams from all over the country compete in a preliminary, semi final and final competition, showcasing their best work through individual and group pieces. This August the National Poetry Slam is in Oakland California, and we are trying to get there! We did some fundraising through the grand slam, and will continue to fundraise through local events, but we need your support so we can afford to travel to California as a team, and have housing for the 5 day poetry extravaganza.
The national poetry slam is more than a competition. Through three months of rigorous, collaborative work on writing and performance, all of us poets will be busting our asses with poetry like we never have before to perfect our pieces and write group pieces that will bring Olympia People’s Mic’s community voice to a national stage. It is an excellent opportunity to hone our craft and keep that bring back the passion and inspiration of nationals to Olympia.
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